Of Mice and Men

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Lennie's dream is to tend the rabbits on the farm that he and George hope to one day own. This dream establishes Lennie's complete innocence. But Lennie loves the rabbits because of their soft fur, and his love of touching soft things leads to his doom. The rabbits, then, symbolize not only innocence, but also the downfall of innocence in a harsh world.

Rabbits Quotes in Of Mice and Men

The Of Mice and Men quotes below all refer to the symbol of Rabbits. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of Of Mice and Men published in 1993.
Part 1 Quotes
"Well," said George, "we'll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we'll just say the hell with goin' to work, and we'll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an' listen to the rain comin' down on the roof."
Related Characters: George Milton (speaker)
Related Symbols: George and Lennie's Farm, Rabbits
Page Number: 14
Explanation and Analysis:

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Rabbits Symbol Timeline in Of Mice and Men

The timeline below shows where the symbol Rabbits appears in Of Mice and Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1
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...until they can buy their own farm. George describes the farm right down to its rabbit hutches. Lennie can't contain his excitement about tending rabbits and living off the "fatta the... (full context)
Part 3
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...Lennie is also laughing at him, though Lennie was just smiling while thinking of tending rabbits on the farm. Curley starts punching Lennie, bloodying his face. Lennie only fights back when... (full context)
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...will respect him. Curley gives in. Lennie asks George if he can still tend the rabbits on their farm. George says yes. (full context)
Part 5
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Lennie starts talking about the farm and rabbits, and explains that he likes to pet soft things. She says her hair is soft.... (full context)
Part 6
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...had a much easier life without him. Lennie then has a hallucination of a giant rabbit, which tells him George will abandon him. (full context)